Overview

Recognizing the need for legal services dedicated to protecting students, professors and individuals with disabilities, Susan Stone founded the Education practice at MLCL.  Susan spearheads the Education practice to handle matters ranging from special education issues, student disciplinary matters and Title IX investigations.  Susan has the knowledge and experience required to navigate due process complaints and the shaping of 504 Plans and Individualized Education Programs.  She also handles student matters involving hazing, bullying, and social media.

Susan has gained a national reputation for representing students and professors in campus Title IX cases.   She is routinely hired as a student advisor for the campus investigation and hearing phase of proceedings and is also retained to handle subsequent university level appeals.  Her talent as a student advisor has led to her representing Greek organizations and athletes, as wells as other professionals accused of sexual harassment.  When cases do not resolve at the university level, she has experience fighting in state and federal courts around the country to obtain favorable outcomes for her clients.

Susan has a deep understanding of mental health and neurological disorders.  She is particularly experienced working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which allows her to formulate creative defenses for those individuals with ASD facing discipline at school or being investigated by law enforcement.  Susan is sensitive to the multiple challenges facing this growing population.

Given her experience representing individuals with mental health issues and the rise in students facing parallel criminal charges, Susan’s skills are frequently called upon in the criminal justice system.  Susan partners with Kristina Supler to represent people of all ages charged with crimes in the state and federal systems.  Their clients have faced a variety of charges ranging from misdemeanors to high-level felonies.

Susan is a nationally published author and blogger on topics related to education law. She has lectured on subjects that vary from Twice Exceptional Students, FERPA and the handling of educational records, and how to determine when behavioral issues arise out of disabilities of students. She has also spoken throughout the country at conferences on Title IX. Susan is regularly called upon by families and outside therapists to consult on legal matters affecting children.

Education

  • Miami University
    • BA Speech Communication, cum laude
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    • JD, cum laude
  • Certificate of Completion from Skidmore College
    • Restorative Justice Training

Admissions

  • Ohio
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio

Activities

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Member
  • Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, Member
  • Families Advocating for Campus Equality, Member
  • Stop Abusive & Violent Environments, Member
  • Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Member

Articles

  • Lessons for Parents About the Risks Their Children Face on Social Media, Smart Business Magazine, February 2018
  • Why Garrity Rights Should Apply to Professors at Public Colleges and Universities in Title IX Matters, McCarthy Lebit Education Blog, February 2018
  • Why You Should Rethink Your Consent on Your Child’s Special Education Services, McCarthy Lebit Education Blog, January 2018
  • #MeTooNow, McCarthy Lebit Education Blog, January 2018
  • Power Differentials: Why an (Outside) Title IX Advisor for College Professors Accused of Sexual Harassment is Critical in the Wake of Harvey Weinstein, McCarthy Lebit Education Blog, November 2017
  • Restorative justice Conflict resolution program could be used to resolve workplace issues, Smart Business Magazine, October 2017
  • Shifting Sands: A New Day for the Accused in Title IX Matters, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, September 2017
  • Potential Tax Benefits Associated with the Tuition for Special Needs Students, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, September 2017
  • Liberty, Fraternity, Liability: An Assessment of Fraternity Liability for the Acts of Its Members, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, August 2017
  • When the Police Come Knocking, Don’t Start Talking, McCarthy Lebit Criminal Defense Blog, July 2017
  • Ohio House Bill 410 Halts Student Skip Days, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, July 2017
  • The Suspens(ion) Is Killing Me: Legislative Changes to Ohio Suspension Law, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, June 2017
  • Ohio's Campus Disruption Act: Students beware, Crain's Cleveland Business, April 2017
  • How Do Trump Appointments for Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights Impact Student Rights on Campus?, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, April 2017
  • Revenge Porn: Redefining the Meaning of Consent, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, December 2016
  • Words Matter When It Comes to Learning Issues, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, December 2016
  • Know the Limits, Community Leader, November 2016
  • When Medical Residents Claim Sex Discrimination: Which Law Applies, Title VII or Title IX?, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, September 2016
  • Is your student with disabilities in the right school?, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, September 2016
  • Swimming in Different Ponds Navigating the Criminal and Civil Aspects of Campus Sexual Misconduct Proceedings, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal, September 2016
  • Drinking in college can lead to Title IX charges, Cleveland Jewish News, August 2016
  • The Summit Highlights the Effectiveness of Women in Leadership, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, June 2016
  • What are the Differences Between an IEP and a 504 Plan?, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, June 2016
  • SEEING THE BIG PICTURE: Create a binder of your child’s records for the ultimate collaboration tool, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, April 2016
  • Do's and don'ts of social media, She In The CLE, April 2016
  • When Yes Does Not Mean Yes, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, March 2016
  • How Social Media Can Ruin Your College Career Before It Even Begins, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, February 2016
  • Campus Sexual Misconduct Investigations: Procedural Quicksand for Students, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, January 2016
  • Sexual Assault on Campus: Guiding Students Through the Legal Minefield, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, October 2015
  • Understanding Alphabet Soup: A Guide to the Special Education Process, Northeast Ohio Parent LiveSpecial Resource Guide, Summer 2015
  • Title IX: Addressing Sexual Discrimination and Violence in Schools, Law You Can Use, Ohio State Bar Association, July 2015
  • IEP Plan B: Revoking consent of your child’s special education services, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, July 2015
  • You Give Love a Bad Name – The Dual Nature of Dating Violence and Title IX, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, May 2015
  • What Happens if my Disabled Child is Charged with a Crime at School?, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, May 2015
  • A University Can Withhold a Degree if the Student is Not Professional, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, April 2015
  • To Tweet or not to Tweet, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, March 2015
  • Importance of an Independent Educational Evaluation, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, January 2015
  • What is the Difference Between Bullying and Hazing?, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, December 2014
  • Is your student ready to go back to school?, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, August 2014
  • Special Education Lawyer for Parents and Students, McCarthy Lebit Education Law Blog, August 2014

Presentations

  • Handling the School Investigative Process, Fourth Annual Symposium on Representing Students Accused of Sexual Assault, March 2018
  • Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDRs): Did the Disability Cause the Behavior?, Special Education Law: The Ultimate Guide, March 2018
  • National Business Institute, Student Records: Legal Requirements You Need to Know (FERPA), December 2017
  • Restorative Justice – a better alternative to the Title IX Hearing Process, Title IX ExecuSummit, July 2017
  • A School of Options: How an attorney and advocate can open doors to new services for your child, International Dyslexia Association of Northern Ohio, Notre Dame College, November 2016
  • How to Prevent a Title IX Lawsuit, Title IX ExecuSummit, July 2016
  • Women in Leadership, Cleveland Jewish News, Eton, February 2016
  • Wrongful Imprisonment Settlement Interview, WEWS, February 2016
  • Top 10 Tips for Parents, Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities, Independence Civic Theater, November 2014
  • IEP Process - Protecting Your Child’s Rights in School, Protecting Your Special Needs Child, South Pointe Hospital, October 2012